Nostalgia Highway

SpeedKore unveils mid-engine, Hellcat-powered 1968 Dodge Charger

(June 28, 2021) GRAFTON, Wis.  — Built as a road-going version of the movie car driven by character Dominic Toretto in Universal Pictures’ new Fast & Furious blockbuster, F9, SpeedKore’s “Hellacious” Charger is the custom car builder’s first mid-engine classic muscle car. SpeedKore has worked with the Fast franchise since 2015 when its 1970 Dodge Charger “Tantrum” appeared in Furious 7. Both SpeedKore Chargers will appear in F9, which arrived in U.S. theaters over the weekend.

Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction hits $48 million in sales


1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster

(June 23, 2021) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. —  Barrett-Jackson continues to fuel the hobby with another record-breaking live Las Vegas Auction, June 17-19, at the West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Among the notable collector cars sold during the three-day auction were a 2015 McLaren P1, which sold for $1,567,500, and a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster that brought in $1,045,000.

Mecum Tulsa tallies up $21.2 million in sales led by three Ford GTs


1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code

(June 20, 2021) WALWORTH, Wis. — Highly anticipated by customers and fans from the Midwest region, Mecum’s inaugural Tulsa collector car auction attracted crowds of enthusiasts to gather in attendance at River Spirit Expo at Expo Square in Tulsa, Okla., for the June 11-12 occasion. The auction ultimately continued the company’s streak of highly successful events and exceeded expectations with total overall sales cruising past $21.2 million. Of the 660 cars to cross the auction block in Tulsa, 539 hammered sold for an impressive sell-through rate of nearly 82%.

The Country Buggy from down under

(June 17, 2021) In nature, there’s a phenomenon known as “convergent evolution” – the way different creatures in different places evolve the same traits to solve common problems. It also describes what happened in the early 1960s when people worldwide realized the Volkswagen Beetle could transform into an off-roader with only slight modifications.

Headline consignments rolling in for Mecum Monterey 2021


1936 Delahaye Type 135

(June 6, 2021) WALWORTH, Wis. — Mecum Auctions has announced today that headline consignments are rolling in for the company’s return to the Del Monte Golf Course at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa in Monterey, Calif., this Aug. 12-14. An estimated 600 classic and collector vehicles are expected to cross the auction block along with approximately 100 vintage and antique motorcycles.

Memories of a California junkyard


A Model A Ford coupe was one among many elderly Fords in Bunch’s junkyard

By Michael Lamm
The Old Motor

(June 2, 2021) I’ve always had a soft spot for automotive junkyards. And yes, I know I’m not supposed to call them that, but I use the word with great respect and fondness. I never met a junkyard I didn’t like; in fact, I even worked in one for a short time. But that’s another story. When my family moved to Northern California in the mid 1960s, I discovered all sorts of vintage junkyards in the area, each one chocked full of marvelous old cars. One of my favorites was Bunch’s, an archeological wonder on the outskirts of the little Central Valley town of Escalon.

'The Fast and the Furious' Supra among 'no reserve' vehicles in Las Vegas


"Fast and Furious" 1994 Toyota Supra

(May 31, 2021) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Barrett-Jackson will light up the Las Vegas Strip with a star-studded docket of No Reserve vehicles during the 2021 Las Vegas Auction, June 17-19 at the West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). Among the most notable a 2015 McLaren P1  originally owned by electronic music producer and professional DJ Deadmau5. The original “10-second car,” a 1994 Toyota Supra that starred in two of “The Fast and the Furious” films, along with a 2003 West Coast Choppers (WCC) custom chopper owned by Pro American wrestler Bill Goldberg are also selling with No Reserve during this year’s Las Vegas Auction.

1930 Duesenberg leads $107.8 million in sales at Mecum Indy


1930 Duesenberg Model SJ Rollston Convertible Victoria

(May 28, 2021) WALWORTH, Wis. — With a total of more than $107.8 million in overall sales achieved May 14-22, Dana Mecum’s 34th Original Spring Classic became the second Mecum auction in 2021 to achieve more than $100 million in overall sales — a first within the collector car auction industry — and it will now go down in the books as another in a long line of record-setting events for the world’s largest collector car auction company.

Wayne Newton, Siegfried & Roy vehicles coming up for auction


Wayne Newton's 1981 Mercedes-Benz 380L roadster

(May 27, 2021) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.— Barrett-Jackson will offer collectible vehicles owned by some of the biggest Las Vegas entertainment legends, including Wayne Newton, Siegfried & Roy and Frank Sinatra during the 2021 Las Vegas Auction, June 17-19 at the West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). Among the No Reserve offerings will be a custom 1981 Mercedes-Benz 380SL roadster from Wayne Newton, as well as a pair of highly collectible cars from the estate of Siegfried & Roy: a 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing Coupe and a 1994 Rolls Royce Corniche.

Bentley celebrates 75 years of manufacturing cars in Crewe


Building the 1946 Bentley MK VI

(May 23, 2021)  CREWE, England — Bentley Motors is marking 75 years of car production from the luxury marque’s iconic factory in Crewe, England. The revered Mk V, the very last car to be built in Derby before the dawn of the Crewe era in May 1946, today stood proudly on display along Pyms Lane as the current generation Bentley models rolled off the production line at record levels.    

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